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  • Metro Arts Alliance
    Established: 1969 Reservations/Appointments: Optional Staff Size: 2–10 people Pro Tip: We are a fun, friendly bunch who loves to hear about new ideas. Handicap Accessible: Yes Parking: Parking lot Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Rock n' Run Recommended Age Group: All Ages Q&A with Jt Cattle, Marketing Committee Volunteer When and how did you first develop a passion for your work? When I first started living in Des Moines. We are an arts-based organization with a passion for sharing our mission, and everything we do requires that passion to be carried forward into the community, and into the education that we provide to the youth. I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience? If you like the arts, if you like to have a good time. And if you like to run, the Rock n' Run is the perfect combination. The best way to get ready is to bring your friends along so you have others to Rock Out with. The more people, the more opportunity for fun. What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of? Arts education. It's fun for all ages, and helps the community in ways that will last a lifetime. Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover? The arts build communities. Greater Des Moines will be recognized as a place where the arts thrive because of Metro Arts Alliance.
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    305 East Court Avenue
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Wicked Enchantment Pole Dancing & Fitness Studio
    It isn’t uncommon for the vastly different worlds of charity fundraising and pole dancing to collide at various local philanthropic functions throughout Iowa. That’s because staff members at Wicked Enchantment Pole Dancing & Fitness Studio continue to prove that pole fitness can benefit their community as well as raise money for organizations such as Children's Miracle Network and Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. They channel this same spirit of support during their group and private classes back at their ladies-only workout venue. They restrict their pole-based classes to six people, fostering an intimate and supportive environment for women to master climbs, grips, and twirls. Their curriculum also hones in on the healthy aspect of the art, listing classes that target arms, abs, and cores as well as full-body boot-camp workouts. They teach several levels of pole dancing and corresponding choreography classes, building fluid routines by augmenting maneuvers with transitions and lubricating arm joints with 10W-40.
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    4444 1st Avenue Northeast
    Cedar Rapids, IA US
  • Mayer School of Irish Dancing
    Mary Mayer's career in Irish dancing started when she took her first lessons in Ireland while staying with her grandmother in the early '70s. She loved it so much that when she returned to Chicago, she—as well as her brother John—began taking lessons at a local Irish-dance school, where they danced with such people as Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley. Both Mary and John eventually starting placing at regional and national championships. In 1980, they founded the Mayer School of Irish Dancing. It began in a basement with only five students—two of who were their younger brother and sister, Paul and Julie Mayer. These two followed in their older siblings' footsteps by placing in championships and even landing roles in Road to Perdition. Paul trained actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and danced with her in the film. Julie also trained many actors and performed alongside Paul Newman and Daniel Craig. Though John has since retired, Mary continues to teach classes six days a week in Villa Park and Galena. Paul and Julie man two of the school's additional locations, which now span four states. Their students have placed in regional and national championships. Some have even traveled to Ireland to put their skills on display at the All-Ireland Championship and see if any snakes have found their way back yet.
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    2828 Eastern Avenue
    Davenport, IA US
  • Siouxland Gymnastics Dance & Cheer Academy
    Ready to spice up your life? Check out Siouxland Gymnastics Academy in Sioux City for some great fun. Go from "I don't dance" to "I love dance!" with help from classes at Siouxland Gymnastics Academy. You can also enlist the help of one of the knowledgeable personal trainers on staff for a more individualized work out experience. Take your workout goals seriously with the high-intensity and fast-paced results of a cross fit workout. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    3310 Line Drive
    Sioux City, IA US
  • Run or Dye
    Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color—which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by. Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
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    250 Ansborough Ave.
    Waterloo, IA US
  • Washington Golf and Country Club
    Washington Golf and Country Club's nine-hole course caters to golfers across the spectrum with a layout that blends open, player-friendly holes interspersed with the challenges of multiple water hazards. Throughout the course, sparsely populated trees line forgiving fairways, presenting generous landing zones for those who want to be aggressive with their driver or get their mail air-delivered on the ninth fairway. Obstacles immediately come into play on the first five holes; a stream cuts across the first, third, fourth, and fifth fairways, and a pond guards the front of the green on the par 3 second hole. A clubhouse restaurant with a full-service bar and plates filled with teriyaki chicken wraps, fried Alaskan pollock fillets, and other eats from a menu of grill food let golfers refuel after a round or before attempting to break a bucking, untamed golf cart.
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    1732 Country Club Rd
    Washington, IA US

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